Lexmark experienced significant change in 2016. We transitioned from being a publicly traded company to a privately held firm with a renewed focus on imaging solutions and output technology. Our corporate culture and strong vision and values have carried our company through this exciting time.
These same guiding principles form the foundation on which Lexmark’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability initiatives and programs are built. These activities take place in support of our longstanding commitment to make the communities in which we live and work better—not only for the present but for the future as well. Lexmark has made tremendous progress in the sustainability area, earning a top 10 ranking in CR Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens list in our final year as a public company.
This CSR report highlights many of the contributions made by Lexmark employees worldwide in their support of community improvement and aid, STEM education, sustainability innovation, and environmental activities. It also focuses on the progress we’ve made toward the many new CSR and sustainability-focused goals we established in 2015.
Moving forward, Lexmark will continue to focus on product sustainability, improved and expanded interaction with our supply chain, better understanding and reporting of our global energy footprint, and customer and community partnerships. A number of global trends have the potential to influence the path forward, including an expanding focus on the circular economy, rapid regulatory change, climate change and the pace of technology innovation.
In the face of these potential challenges, Lexmark will continue to pursue its goal to be a thought and action leader in sustainability and corporate social responsibility. This effort will be supported by a renewed focus on winning—as individuals, as a team and as a company.
Finally, as Lexmark enters this exciting next chapter, I would like to thank all Lexmark employees for their unwavering commitment to Lexmark’s vision and values. Their dedication is the key to making a positive impact on the communities in which we all live and work, and beyond.
Chairman, Executive Management Commitee